As this blog previously discussed, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is adjusting its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). In order to ensure that all employers are educated on the new system – and can then pass information onto their workers – OSHA will be holding a free webinar to discuss HCS compliance.
According to an OSHA press release, the Society of Chemical Hazard Communication will host the event from from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 25, 2013.
"The webinar will focus on classification, labeling, safety data sheets, and training, as well as how manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers can meet the compliance requirements during the transition period," the press release said.
When employers fully understand the new requirements, they can be sure to accurately pass the information onto all of their workers.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis explained in an earlier statement that exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most dangerous threats that American workers face. A new standard on chemical labels will not only provide employees with a safe work environment, but it will allow companies to stay competitive, she said.
Along with descriptions that adhere to GHS labeling standards, the new requirements have updated data sheets, new hazard classification rules and more thorough employee training.
When federal changes like this occur, a business will benefit from having its own color label printer. An Epson GP-C831, for example, will help a company remain on-top of all orders for durable labels while still following all government mandates.